22 Apr – "Fifty Shades of Grey" star Dakota Johnson is set to star in the upcoming retelling of Jane Austen's "Persuasion".
The project, to be produced by Netflix and MRC Film, will be helmed by Carrie Cracknell in her feature directorial debut, and may star Johnson as the main character Anne Elliot.
According to Deadline, the upcoming retelling will still revolve around the character of Anne Elliot, an unconforming woman with modern sensibilities who lives with her snobby family who are on the brink of bankruptcy. When Frederick Wentworth, a man whose heart she had broken in the past, returns into her life, Anne must choose between putting the past behind her or giving herself a second chance.
The original novel, published at the end of 1817 and the last work by Austen to be published, was not a popular Austen work to be adapted on traditional media, with only five adaptations being made of it throughout the years - the last one an ITV teleplay starring Sally Hawkins and Rupert Penry-Jones as Anne Elliot and Captain Frederick Wentworth.
On the other hand, a separate production of "Persuasion" - starring "Succession" actor Sarah Snook - is currently in the works at Searchlight Pictures.
Johnson's upcoming movies include the Maggie Gyllenhaal directorial effort, "The Lost Daughter" and Tig Notaro's "Am I Ok?" - both projects currently in post-production